The labyrinth consists of mowed paths in an orchard. This is the evening worship group-we met there and our worship consisted of walking the labyrinth. I realized, because the path was mown into the field/grass, that the way to “see” that it’s a labyrinth was by capturing people walking it, so that the circular character might emerge. So I ran back to room to get my iPad after my walk, so you could see it also. Marianne told us: you might want to run with the wolves, but here you get to walk with the chickens. There was a chicken walking the path with us for a while, wish I could have captured that. I wasn’t in time for the chicken!
Here is what they have to say about their labyrinth:
We began to think about labyrinths after walking the one at Dundee Chaplaincy in the autumn of 2000. Our first labyrinth was a simple five circle concentric version cut in the grass of the orchard during the autumn. Later we expanded this to seven circles including some of the orchard trees. Walking it became a blessing to many of us, and so in the year 2002, we cut a fresh one with seven paths on an equal-armed cross shape. The inclusion of the trees resonate with the organic nature of the Bield. In 2007 we added a willow arch at entrance and arbour at the centre. We also renewed the tiles and placed a wooden boulder sculpture at centre.
What is it for and why do it? The labyrinth is an aid to prayer and meditation. It has been used for thousands of years in various forms and places to help people to forget the hassles of their everyday lives and draw closer to God.
Sometimes it is hard to “Be still and know that I am God”(Psalm 46:10). Sitting still and listening can often lead you to fall asleep! Walking slowly around something like this can help because your feet are occupied with a gentle repetitive task giving the rest of you time and space to pray.
The labyrinth also symbolizes our journey to heaven. You will notice that there are times on the journey when you feel very near the centre, and times when you think you will never get there. But as long as you stay on the path you will not go wrong.